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Re: Dinolocomotion and the Gator Pelvis

From: "T. Mike Keesey" <tmk@dinosauricon.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 2:19 PM

> I think it's amusing how a lot of research on extant sauropsids is done
> with an eye toward reconstructing non-avian dinosaurs -- as if the
> research wouldn't be interesting in its own right. (Or for reconstructing
> other extinct sauropsids, for that matter.)

Well, crocs have been shackled with that media-driven "last of the
dinosaurs" image for too long, although frankly if using the magic "D" word
helps the general public to focus on science for a few moments, it has its
payoffs. Ironically, similar findings were reported by Matthew Sarre back in
1998 on Australian freshwater crocodiles, but of course there wasn't a
recently discovered "40 foot crocodile" (that ate "dinosaurs") currently
consuming media attention to help get the message across.